Forbes released their annual list of the top 50 most valuable franchises in sports, and the Toronto Maple Leafs were the only National Hockey League franchise to make the list. The Leafs clocked in at 26th with a cool $1.15-billion. Not bad for a perennial loser. Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes has more.
Peter Holland had a, uh, very eventful day yesterday. He re-signed with the Leafs for two more years on a one-way contract and he hit a hole-in-one on the golf course. Maybe he should’ve used some of that new contract money on a lottery ticket as well? The story is from the Canadian Press.
Declan Kerin of Maple Leafs Hot Stove posted a Steve Spott interview from the Fan 590 morning show with Greg Brady and Andrew Walker yesterday. Spott said he and head coach Randy Carlyle share similar philosophies, specifically an attack-minded, aggressive style. It’s an interesting quote because pretty much everything about Carlyle’s coaching philosophy screams “extremely conservative” to me.
One trade I didn’t understand in the slightest was the move to bring in Roman Polak for Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick. The final nail in the coffin was the fact the Leafs also retained salary in the deal. William Wilson of Tip of the Tower, however, offers an optimistic view of the deal. I guess I shouldn’t fully judge it until I see what Polak can offer.
It’s been a while since I’ve read an article ripping Tyler Bozak, so J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets helpfully stepped up and filled the void. Truthfully, J.P.’s point isn’t that Bozak is some horrible hockey player who should’ve been jettisoned to some far away land like Long Island or Ricoh Coliseum a long time ago, but given the amount of better centres who have changed teams since the Leafs first signed Bozak out of college, they should’ve made an upgrade.